In a diverse, multilingual, multi-media world, the need is not for one towering figure like Billy Graham, but for a myriad of people, fired up by his passion and his convictions about the Scriptures.
A short post linking to an excellent video.
I've sat in too many meetings where middle aged white guys (and a small proportion of women) have debated, strategised and planned for the future without any representation from the majority world church.
When you put together the prosperity gospel and false teaching about spiritual warfare together in a poor environment, you create a hell of a mess.
The starting point of mission is the foot of the cross, where acknowledge our full dependance on Christ and our utter need of forgiveness.
This new situation also has consequences for how we think about mission. The most obvious is that mission is no longer a Western monopoly or privilege.
In a changing and increasingly globalised world, we have much to learn from Christians in other contexts, but we can only really gain from their insights when we read them on their own terms and not on ours.
At a time when more Bible translation is going on that ever before and the diversity of the Church is being celebrated, it would be a shame if we drifted into a hooked-on, soft-rock worship conformity.
Christianity isn't African, but it isn't European or American either.
If the church is young and based in the Global South, why are Evangelical Christians generally portrayed as middle aged, right-wingers?